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Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research

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The Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast is distinguished by its academic strengths with its research goals championing many planetary health issues that threaten our ability to thrive as a flourishing and modern society.

Globally, we have built a reputation for innovation by transcending research boundaries across life and physical sciences. Our impact is felt by people around the world.

By choosing to study a PhD within the Faculty, you will be challenged to cross disciplinary boundaries and to explore your research topic from different perspectives

Applications are open for a variety of research projects in the following Schools:

  • School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Globally recognised excellence in research

Postgraduate Research Programmes


School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PhD

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences trains numerous PhD students in the areas of Cancer Research, Experimental Medicine and Public Health.

Its diverse PhD student population comprises both basic and clinical scientists from across the globe engaged in wide-ranging research projects spanning the breadth of the School’s research portfolio from bioinformatics through molecular and cell biology to clinical trials.

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School of Pharmacy | PhD

PhD students within the School of Pharmacy have the opportunity to work alongside leading international academic experts in specialist fields including, Nanomedicine and Biotherapeutics, Pharmaceutical Materials Science and Formulation, Drug Delivery and Biomaterials, Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Delivery and Medicines Optimisation.

Focussing on making real-world improvements for patients, the School’s research spans a wide range of scientific and professional disciplines.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery | PhD

From Maternal and Child Health, to Chronic Illness and Palliative Care, the School’s research is changing and improving care for people at every stage of life – from their first breath to their last.

PhD programmes within the School are linked to the interdisciplinary and university wide Centre For Evidence and Social Innovation and the Graduate School, extending potential research opportunities both within the UK and internationally.

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School of Biological Sciences | PhD

The School of Biological Sciences provides PhD research opportunities in a number of areas ranging from basic biochemistry, molecular genetics and cancer research to agricultural science, marine ecology and the economic evaluation of ecosystem services and food retailing. 

The School is organised into three research themes: Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability, Microbes and Pathogen Biology, and Food Safety and Nutrition.

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Ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects

(QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)


We’re 8th in the UK for research intensity and over 75% of our research is deemed internationally-excellent or world leading.

(Source: 2014 Research Excellence Framework)

We offer a range of funded PhD opportunities, both individual project based and via doctoral training programmes, funded centres and partnerships.


Queen’s Graduate School is ranked 3rd out of 199 universities worldwide

(Source: International Student Barometer, 2018)

Our focus on innovation will equip you with the skills needed to turn your big idea into a viable business or a blue print for social change.



Our stunning Graduate School boasts a dynamic and inspiring environment where you will be challenged to think differently.

The modern, hi-tech meeting rooms, study areas and social spaces are a buzz with big ideas, engaging debate and interdisciplinary collaboration beyond borders. Here, thought leaders, early career researchers, industry experts and PhD peers will support you to unleash your career potential.

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As a member of the elite Russell Group, Queen’s has a global reputation for research excellence, thanks to the innovators, disruptive thinkers and game-changers who hold research degrees boasting our crest.

A postgraduate research degree from Queen’s is a mark of distinction, signalling that you have studied at the pinnacle of your chosen field. What you learn here, you will carry with you throughout your career.